Laux Conservation Area, BC (Photo by Bill Laux)

Laux Conservation Area, BC (Photo by Bill Laux)

Lands transferred to the Nature Conservancy of Canada from TLC

Creekside Rainforest, B.C. (Photo by Tamsin Baker)

Creekside Rainforest, B.C. (Photo by Tamsin Baker)

In 2015, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) accepted responsibility for 26 ecological conservation properties from The Land Conservancy of BC. This transfer of lands from one land trust to another was undertaken to assure a secure future for these important natural areas.

Thanks to strong partnerships, NCC was able to share the responsibility for ensuring the ongoing protection of these lands by transferring ownership of some to other agencies who were better positioned to care for those specific properties.

NCC now owns and stewards 13 of the conservation areas, while the Nature Trust of British Columbia has taken on five, and BC Parks has folded eight into the provincial parks and protected-areas portfolio.

For further information about any of these conservation areas, please contact the relevant management agency.

Nature Conservancy of Canada

Name Location Key features
Avola Creek
Wells Gray Country Channels and pools for salmon spawning
Centre Creek Surrey Restored creek and streamside ecosystem; salmon habitat
Clare Winnett Copeland Conservation Area
Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island Mature to old-growth Douglas-fir forest, large western red cedars, wetlands
Creekside Rainforest
Salt Spring Island Salmon-bearing stream, rare red-legged frogs and culturally modified trees
Horsefly River Riparian Conservation Area
Cariboo Riverfront and floodplain habitat on important salmon river; migratory birds, moose and grizzly bear habitat
Kindwood Highlands, Vancouver Island Mature second-growth forest adjacent to existing parks
Laux Conservation Area West Kootenay Mature cedar-hemlock forest, wetlands and streamside habitat; large maternal colony of little brown bats
Lehman Springs Conservation Area Osoyoos Some of BC’s largest western larch trees
Lohbrunner Woods Langford, Vancouver Island Coastal Douglas-fir forest
Luke Creek Corridor Kimberley Wetlands, grassland and aspen forest habitats for migratory birds and at-risk species
Raymond M. Goodall Ecological Land Reserve
Salt Spring Island Oceanfront property with old-growth cedar and fir, pockets of Garry oak and rocky outcrops
Talking Mountain Ranch Clinton A working ranch that protects endangered native grasslands
Turtle Valley Farm Chase Native forest and agricultural lands; original homestead of George Chase

BC Parks

name location key features
Cowichan River Properties (2)
Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island Streamside habitat with fisheries values; maple forest grove with rare wildflowers
Cusheon Cove Salt Spring Island Estuary, Garry oak and arbutus habitat and grassy meadows; located within Ruckle Provincial Park
Elizabeth Lake
Cranbrook Sanctuary for waterfowl and migratory birds; home to deer, moose, fox and coyote, among other wildlife
Natasha Boyd Wetland Conservation Area
McBride Wetland habitat for moose, mule deer, grizzly and black bear, wolf, beaver, songbirds and waterfowl; trails and interpretive signage
Similkameen River Pines
South Okanagan Rare riparian flood plain and upland grasslands habitat for species at risk
West Twin Protected Area
McBride 3 kms along the Fraser River featuring fish and wildlife habitat; rare cottonwood stand; adjacent to West Twin Provincial Park
Woods Family Property Castlegar Adjacent to Syringa Provincial Park; habitat for bighorn sheep

 The Nature Trust of BC

name location key features
Nanaimo River Properties (2)
Nanaimo Last remaining intact streamside habitat on the lower Nanaimo River; old-growth Douglas-fir forest; leased to the Regional District of Nanaimo as parkland
Peachcliff Conservation Area
Okanagan Falls Globally-imperilled antelope-brush plant community; bighorn sheep, many species of snakes, canyon wren, Behr’s hairstreak
South Winchelsea Island
Salish Sea

Nesting and resting place for birds; California and Steller sea lion haul out area; exceptional Garry oak and Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystems
Wycliffe Wildlife Corridor
Kimberley Open grasslands with wildlife trees, hoodoo formations and rock outcrops; cottonwood stands and wetlands for songbirds, turtles and amphibians; several at-risk plant species and communities

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